Ecumenical Relations: “That they all may be one”
The ecumenical movement is the Church's response to Jesus' prayer for his disciples in John 17:21: "that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."
The Episcopal Church is in relationship with a wide range of Christian communions at home and around the world. We participate in formal dialogues, conferences, and consultations seeking to nurture a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. By doing this, we live into the God-given unity of our baptism.
We join our prayers for unity with that of our Lord, and offer our endeavors toward unity in the Holy Spirit. Our search for a fuller expression of visible unity, a ‘communion of communions,’ is for the sake of living and sharing the gospel and furthering God’s mission.